Information on Broken Collar Bones for Georgia Cyclists

When an Atlanta bicycle accident occurs as a result of a negligent motorist, a cyclist may injure his or her collar bone as a result. If the collar bone comes in direct contact with the bicycle, vehicle, or ground, the force of the impact can break the collar bone.

Most of the time, cyclists will hear a snapping sound if they break their collar bones. However, there are other symptoms and signs that cyclists should watch out for, including:

  • Extreme pain, swelling, and bruising;
  • A bump in the collar bone area;
  • Excessive pain on the clavicle;
  • Difficulty moving the arm and limited range of motion in the shoulder;
  • A sagging arm;
  • Tingling and/or numbness in the arm.

If a cyclist sustains a broken collar bone in an Atlanta bicycle accident, the cyclist should seek medical care immediately. Most often, a doctor will treat a fractured collar bone with a sling that is worn to help keep the shoulders back. A doctor will typically request that the injured patient rest during this healing time. In extreme cases when the collar bone is severely displaced, the doctor may require surgery and physical therapy.

In either event, fractures and broken bones can be very painful and costly. The injury also may prevent the cyclist from returning to work or doing the activities that he or she enjoys. If you have suffered a broken collar bone in an Atlanta bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for mounting medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and more.

If you were injured in a Georgia bicycle accident, please call Kalka & Baer to find out your legal rights. A skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer will answer your questions in a free, no-obligation legal consultation.

Categories: Cycling Accidents